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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Press Remarks Following Meeting with Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek
Gdynia, Poland, June 25, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Thank very much Mr. Prime Minister, it is a pleasure to be with you here in Gdynia, really the place that is the symbol of Polish freedom. I think we have witnessed a remarkable event today, which is the fact that the United States was able to transfer a Frigate to the Polish Navy and it now has the proud name of Kazimierz Pulaski.

As we have all said in our remarks, it is an appropriate name for a ship that has American origins but will now be serving in the Polish Navy because Pulaski himself was someone who dedicated his life to freedom and came to the United States to fight for our independence.

I have been deeply honored personally as well as an American official to have participated in a number of events that are symbolic of the relationship that the United States and Poland have.

The accession of Poland to NATO, when we signed the actual accession document, was one of those wonderful events.

When the Polish enterprise fund was able to be used now for the Polish Freedom Foundation Fund to help other countries in Central and Eastern Europe was another great event.

Today the very symbolic handing over of this Frigate to Poland is a great event.

And tomorrow when Poland hosts the Community of Democracies, it will be a signal of the fact that Poland is at the center of the democratic movement.

Mr. Prime Minister, I'm very grateful to you for your hospitality and Mrs. Buzek also. I think we had a very good meeting in the brief time that we had and were able to go over matters of interest to our countries and we look forward to further cooperation on all those issues.

And to the wonderful Polish Navy: thank you very much.

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